Ecowas Chiefs Of Defence Staff Vs. The Gambia President Yahya Jammeh
West African military chiefs have met in the Nigerian capital Abuja as they prepare for a possible military action in the Gambia while Buhari was away for the Summit and Talk with Jammeh (the Forceful President of the Gambia.
The (Nigerian) Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has hosted some ECOWAS CDS’s at the Defence Headquarters, (DHQ) Abuja as part of efforts to mitigate the political impasse in Gambia following the refusal of President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to the president elect, Adama Barrow after he lost the December 1 2016 election. As disclosed in a statement yesterday Saturday 14th January 2017 by the Nigerian military.
“While welcoming the participants and ECOWAS officials to DHQ, General Olonisakin expressed the readiness of regional leaders and military commanders to continue the pursuit of dialogue with the political leaders of Gambia and ensure peaceful transition of power in accordance with the Gambian’s constitution and the peoples will”, the statement said.
Notable dignitaries at the event includes: the chairperson of ECOWAS CDS, General Ziankahn of Liberia, General CH Gueye of Senegal ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs Hajiya Salamatu, Vice President of the Commission, the Ghanian Chief of Defence Staff and Principal Staff Officers from Defence, Army, Navy, and Air Force Headquarters.
As Talks led by President Muhammadu Buhari failed on Friday 13th January in Banjul with President Jammeh who has vowed not to relinquish power maybe he might leave when he is forced to do so.
ECOWAS has threatened military action.
After more than two decades in power, President Jammeh seems not to have had enough.